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From: "Meryl Faulkner"
Date: 2008-07-20 06:12:41 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] A trodden on ferret

Early this morning (6.00am PST) I woke and heard a scream/yelp. A
ferret fight I thought. However it turned out that my house mate who
is up really early had started walking down (tiled steps) from kitchen
to family room to turn on the TV. He set his foot down and before
realizing it trod on a ferret while trying to place his other foot on
the next step. He said it felt as though he flattened the ferret
completely for I imagine less than 2 seconds - whilst he regained his
balance. My house mate weighs about 160 pounds. Ferris the ferret
apparently went down the three steps remaining and lay flat on the
rug. My house mate panicked and asked me to take Ferris (I was in my
bedroom half awake) so I took Ferris into bed with me for about 20
minutes. He was breathing rather rapidly and shallowly, and lay still.
I looked /palpated him gently and could feel nothing different in his
spine (he has an abnormal bump the vet says may be a congenital defect
or an old injury).

He stayed really quiet and subdued for another half an hour so I put
him in the cage they are kept in during house cleaning etc, and by 8am
he was able to go up the ramp to a hammock. He drank water after half
an hour. He has been very subdued all day, went back upstairs to a
closet and hid, but tonight (10.30pm) emerged and looks OK and
reasonably active.His poops look normal, but I'm trying to figure out
how any internal damage might show if it occurred. Presumable kidney
damage would result in blood in his urine? or GI damage blood in his
feces? I'm wondering if a spleen could rupture and what would be the
signs. I'm wondering if I should assume all is well or take him for a
vet check up on Monday. Anyone have any thoughts?


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